A new handbook for teenagers living with brain injury has been launched by The Childrens Trust. Me and My Brain gives advice and guidance on topics such as independence, bullying, driving and education. It also includes real life experiences of young people living with the condition.
Created by The Childrens Trust’s team of medical professionals and teenagers affected by brain injury, Me and My Brain helps explain the lifelong condition. It provides tips and strategies on some of the challenges such as fatigue and memory loss.
The resource is recommended for family members, teachers and carers, emphasising brain injury as a hidden disability, which can be very difficult for those affected to explain.
Alex, one of the young people involved in developing the handbook, said:
“I am so proud to have been involved with Me and My Brain, I can’t put it down! We all had such different experiences following our brain injuries but found common solutions. We hope this handbook will help others through what can be a very difficult and scary time.”
Maria Coyle, Information Manager at The Childrens Trust and author of Me and My Brain, said:
“This is a resource we identified a need for and decided that we were in a great position to produce ourselves. The teenagers involved in the development of the handbook were paramount in ensuring that the topics covered and the tone we used were relevant and accessible, so we would like to say a big thank you. We have already had lots of interest and are looking forward to sending the handbook out far and wide.”
About The Children’s Trust
Every year 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness and many have to live with ongoing, long-term difficulties. The Children’s Trust gives children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability opportunities to live the best life possible, by providing specialist rehabilitation, education and community services across the UK.